Although I could go into depth about how the arteries supplying blood to your dog’s pads, through a network of numerous veins or venules. Along with the fact that the high fat content in your dog’s pads acts as a heat exchanger, (similar to the way it is found in Artic penguins). This wouldn’t give you any practical advice so hopefully this will help:-
First and foremost, if it’s too cold for you, it probably is for your dog, and he/she would much rather be curled in front of the fire. This doesn’t however mean they won’t want to go for a walk. It just means you may need to alter the time you walk them. Just like in the summer; when you alter the times to avoid the hottest part of the day, avoid the coldest times if possible. Go an hour later in a morning or a little earlier on an evening to avoid the colder weather.
During the winter months, de-icers, grit and salts are used on roads and sidewalks, so best bit of advice I can give is to coat the paws with paw wax. I also recommend if your dog has particularly hairy feet to trim excess fur off with suitable clippers or a trip to your local groomers if you’re not confident yourself. This will help with the cleaning when you return home and stops snow/ice balls attaching to them.
Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he/she comes inside, paying special attention to their paws & pads and in between the toes.
Finally apply a little more pad wax and cosy up in front of the fire. Or better still on one of our fabulous beds available in our online store. http://labradorsinneed.co.uk/product-category/beds/
Natural pad wax recipe
2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sunflower or sweet almond oil
2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp. shea butter
4 tsp. beeswax
In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
Let them cool on the counter until hard.
Cap and label.
Keep away from extreme heat.
Use within 1-2 years.
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